The Christmas Star

The Christmas Star lined up on December 21, 2020.

The Christmas Star lined up on December 21, 2020.

Tyler Duffey, Staff Reporter

On December 21st, Saturn and Jupiter will align for the first time in 800 years to create the Christmas Star. In the Christian religion, the prophets were told to follow the brightest star in the sky to reach the newborn, Jesus. This star is referred to as the Christmas Star or the Star of Bethlehem. Some believers say this is a sign of the second coming of Christ, while others believe it is just a great coincidence. The Earthly explanation of this phenomenon is quite simple, Jupiter and Saturn are aligning together, and their mass put together, emits such a bright light, that it would appear to be a massive star.  

Scientists predicted that this happens once every 800 years. The first noted sighting of this was by Johannes Kepler in the 17th century, at that time he predicted that this happened for the first time in 7 BCE. “I’ve heard that this would happen on the news and from social media, I have heard of the Christmas Star, but I doubt that this is the same thing” Richard Shellnutt (11). A weather forecast for the 21st of December show a cloudy and cold night, this will make it hard to see at lower altitudes, but at higher, there is a better chance to see it. “I think that 800 years ago, the people were probably scared of it (the star). I think this is just a coincidence, however you never know what will happen in 2020” Hayden Scott (12).